Before we go nuts over the title of this post, let me clarify how stealing has helped me in my career.
When I first started in PR, I was incredibly stubborn. I was eager to learn and more than willing to put in my due diligence, but never the less I was stubborn. Making the transition from full-time student to employee/PR girl is not an easy one. You’d like to think you’re ready for whatever your career might throw your way, but as we’ve said several times, sometimes college simply does not prepare you for every bump in the road ahead.
What got me through my first years as a PR girl and helped me begin to establish my career? Blatantly stealing tactics, short cuts and tricks from my fellow PR girls. I certainly do not have all the answers, and I am absolutely not the most organized person on the planet. After seeing my peers’ successes, I learned to adapt and take on a few of the tricks that made them successful, namely:
Desk organization: Until recently, I used to keep a huge pile of papers that were “urgent” or “desperately” needed on my desk. Might not sound too bad, but this pile contained all the papers from all my clients for the past 5 weeks. I finally looked around the office and decided to take my mess to a filing system. I can honestly say I feel lighter just because of a set of manilla folders!
Time management: I struggled with time management when starting public relations. Between being a natural procrastinator and simply having too much to do (a common PR girl problem), I would run around like a mad woman trying to complete every task in no coherent fashion. Adrianna actually taught me a few tricks when organizing tasks within meetings and on to-do lists while we were working together. A year later, I still use her to-do list format and have shared it with my own teammates.
Brainstorming: I have mentioned this before, but it’s incredibly beneficial to steal brainstorming tactics from fellow PR peeps. Brainstorming can be very overwhelming when just starting out. If you take your first couple brainstorms to listen to your colleagues and follow their train of thought, you will be more comfortable speaking out with your brilliant ideas in front of them.
So no, I’m not talking plagiarism, theft of intellectual property or fraternity-hazing of competing PR firms. But a little bit of stealing can help you grow as a PR professional, student, and person as a whole
How has stealing helped you in your PR career path?